Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Post Production

Once all the animation is finished and the colouring done we moved into the post production phase and this meant working on adding effects to the film that would not overpower the classic simple vintage mis en scene we were building.

As most of the action takes place in the sunshine this meant that we had to work on learning shadows in Toon Boom, this would also be important in the cave scenes. The cave scenes additionally needed a light source to create the shadows and these would be flames that we added in Toon Boom using a base animation and a glow module. Animation for the flames was based on a .gif animation and was created by Amy, I then took the animated flames incorporated them into existing scenes and added a glow effect to give them more of an impact. See them in action here

Monday, 17 October 2011

Animation test

Scene 15 has changed a little, instead of making Draco look scared as soon as Draak leaves, he looks uncertain as to wheather he is alone and if he should've thrown the ball that far... perhaps a sound effect before he opens an  eye...scream or a yelp?

Monday, 10 October 2011

The Home Stretch

Animation Toon Boom Animate Pro Multiplane Camera

Animation has moved from roughs to cleans and we are now doing checks for consistency and working on timing and sound. That's most of the film, there are still bits and pieces lagging here and there but that seems to be the nature of the beast.

Still from the movie

One issue we struggled with was maintaining consistent model as each animator did their share of the scenes. We overcame this issue by limiting cleanups to two people who concentrated on character whilst the third group member moved onto colour and sound.

Still from the movie

I am really happy with the complimentary colour palette which has created a real sense of connection across the three characters and with their environment. Am also really happy with the standard of animation we are achieving, there is a nice sense of rhythm to the story and a sense of character emerging through movement.

Sneak peek Draak taunts Draco

Thursday, 6 October 2011

End Credits!

This is the shortened version of the end credits. Originally, they went for 51 seconds but Ive managed to squeeze it down to 35seconds! The Griffith Logo and scrolling music credits will be at the end along with thanks to various peoples. Have a squizz!